Bar + Rec will have a bar, restaurant and games such as ping-pong with an outdoor bar, volleyball courts and yard games. The business is part of a redevelopment of the former Kansas City Star building at 1729 Grand Blvd. Opening is planned for early 2019.
The family-owned Mexican restaurant Rudy's Tenampa Taqueria, which opened in the West Plaza in 1993, is expanding to Lenexa. It is taking the former Panzon's space at 8710 Lackman Road for a mid-August opening.
The family-owned Sheehan's Irish Imports, at 410 E. Gregory, will close on June 30. The owners are retiring but said they also found it difficult as a small retailer to compete with online retailers who could offer big discounts.
Restaurants with seven or more priority or critical health code violations, including operations on the Country Club Plaza, in Kansas City, Kan., Leawood, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village and Shawnee.
Altar'd State, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based clothing chain, plans to open at 436 Nichols Road at Country Club Plaza. No opening date was available. The store's mission statement includes: "We stand out for good to glorify God."
Hutch, an Omaha-based contemporary furniture and home decor store, is expanding with a new East Crossroads location. It will be close to a new locally owned artisan collective that will house a healthy cafe when it opens in late June or early July.
A local franchisee for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews has taken over the former Mimi's Cafe building in Zona Rosa. It serves more than two dozen specialty burgers with “bottomless” steak fries, along with soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.
The shop at 326 W. 63rd St. is owned by three siblings. It offers specialty drinks and edible cookie dough including chocolate chip and birthday cake. The dough "has been cooked so it is safe to eat," said an owner.
Jeff "Stretch" Rumaner, owner of Grinders, has purchased a food truck and plans to have it open at the June 1 First Friday in the Crossroads. It will have a limited menu of pizza, Philly cheesesteaks and maybe barbecue.